I reserve the right to substantiate the difference between a really good story and a game. Which also happen to be the same thing, in some cases.
But yes, that is pretty much the conclusion that the arms race of escalating wordy mcwordwords was. If they can handle it well, then it's really just a case of bad timing and marketing (for EA, at least) on the leak's part. If not, then... Well, I'm not going to lie, I really didn't like that giant liquefied-human Reaper baby for the same reason.
I'm pretty sure everyone was in awe with the mystique of ME1. If you boiled it straight to the core, it was orcs and elves, but with giant laser beams. I don't think anyone will try to argue that point - if a really Orky Orc threw out his back and reversed his legs, he'd be a Krogan.
And nobody who really "got it" didn't sit there and revel in each of the races' eccentricities. Man, those Volus sure like their credits! It's a shame they have to wear gasmasks after staying in their dwarfy mines too long.
But the fact that the Volus are the greedy little dwarves after getting into space, the Salarians are gnomes with two points on their "hats," none of that would dawn on anyone until far, far after they got through the game. Because their quirks were equal parts mysterious and majestic. Especially the Protheans.
The Reapers... Well, they were incredibly mysterious, but they accomplished it through pure dread. So when I found out they pretty much just wanted me to make babies, I was disappointed and hoped for the best, as I do now for this Prothean.
I know I said I wouldn't continue posting in this thread, but I thought I should point out I more or less want the same things every other ME fan does, and that I'm really not overanalyzing much. Most people enjoyed the same sense of discovery, so I articulating (a few of) your thoughts at the time you first played ME1/2, I guess.
Like I said earlier, my rage is over there simply being outrage, and over what I see as poor/lazy writing.
From the demo, the FOV is indeed set too low for my taste as well as many other. When it is set that low, I can't play for more than an hour before I start getting sick. There should be an in-game option to change FOV or at the very least, an easy way to edit setting file.
As for nonessential DLC such as weapons,armors,alternate appearances,etc, I don't really care about. However, I question bioware's decision to make a prothean squadmate, includes all dialogue and interactions with other characters in the base game, and then cutting them out to make it dlc. Why a prothean, who is essentially tie to the main plotline, and not James Vega, who's Jacob Alliance counterpart?
On the business side, no company will stop making games just because there are critics, admittedly very vocal critics. To suggest that they will is against what a business is for, to make money. On that subject, Bioware and EA will be raking in money in the short term. There is a massive demand for ME3 so people, myself included, will shell out as much as needed to complete Shepard's trilogy. However, in the long term, isolating your fans will lead to sale problems for new titles in which people are more reserved and not invested in the storyline from past games.
I know I said I was out of this topic too, but as long as we're steering away from the pros/cons of the DLC and whether it's right/wrong blah blah, I'll put another appearance in and say I actually agree with a lot of this.
I had no complaints about ME2 or the story, but I think you hit the nail on the head about the Reapers. ME1 gave you a sense of dread when you see how much it took to take down 1 Reaper, and for the most game the Reaper itself was dark and mysterious, so when you found out a whole fleet of them were due to arrive and wipe out all living life it was a holy-****-balls-****-****-holy hell moment.
ME2 kinda dragged that feeling away. I mean, obviously there was going to come a time when the fleet had to be revealed along with their motives, what they really do, etc etc, along with what happened to the Protheans, but still... I think that could have been played out a little better, with far more suspense and shock/awe. We know the writers at BW are capable of it.
I read somewhere that the Prothean squad mate was going to look a lot like the collectors, so what I wanna know is have BW decided to change the look of the Protheans from the statues we've seen to a similar appearance in their form as Collectors, or is he a Collector turned good? It's probable that not all of the Collectors were on the base when you blew it/killed everything on it, so there may be more somewhere in the galaxy, but what would that mean? That the Reapers control over the Collectors was as flimsy as a signal of some sort installed into the base?
Bah, too many questions and not enough answers. Only 14 days left to find out I guess (two weeks has never seemed so far away)
On the subject of DLC though, I believe we're our own worst enemies. Kotaku has an interview with someone who makes a clearer case for this than I probably could.
"The truth is, if items like map packs, DLC missions and pre-order bonuses didn't sell, they wouldn't exist. Plain and simple. With each new bold "affront" to gamers, these companies are testing the waters to see just how far they can go with an a-la-carte model. Do you think if no one had ever bought the first Call of Duty map pack, that they would have kept making more?"
[Edited by Skyheart, 2/24/2012 12:39:14 PM]
Now it's about time BioWare created a friendly Reaper.
Well you might get that in a DLC. So much can be done in this last ep of this series.
Believe me I get why some people are complaining. I think the story was better in ME1 and I also didn't care for the human reaper that much in ME2. However, for a combination of reasons I liked ME2 better but that's just me.
Hopefully ME3 will have a better story but I will reserve judgment until the game actually comes out
I was going to buy digital, until I saw that the digital version had less stuff in it.
Then I thought, nice try EA/Bioware, and promptly ordered a physical copy of N7 CE.
I asked that question a few pages back, about the Prothean appreance.
[Edited by ZZGashi, 2/24/2012 3:26:08 PM]
Why Mass Effect 3's day one DLC shouldn't bother you
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